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A Low Cost High Specific Stiffness Mirror Substrate

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
105242
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
S2.04
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
United Materials and Systems
13750 Old Dock Road Orlando, FL 32828-9506
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: A Low Cost High Specific Stiffness Mirror Substrate
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CH28P
Award Amount: $99,935.00
 

Abstract:

The primary purpose of this proposal is to develop and demonstrate a new technology for manufacturing an ultra-low-cost precision optical telescope mirror which can be scaled up for use in very large UV/optical and/or infrared telescopes. This proposal will demonstrate prototype manufacturing of a precision mirror in the 0.25 to 0.5 meter class, with a specific scale up roadmap to 1 to 2+ meter class system which can be rated for space flight. Material behavior, processing parameters, optical performance, and mounting techniques will be demonstrated. The potential for scale-up will be addressed from a processing and infrastructure point of view. The Phase 1 deliverable will be a 0.25 meter proof-of-concept mirror. Its optical performance assessment and all data on the processing and properties of its substrate material will be determined.UMS proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of forming a polymer derived 'bulk ceramic' mirror substrate with a 'fully dense' optical surface. This mirror substrate with fully dense surface, will be optically figured, polished and coated with a reflective metal system typically used in a commercial terrestrial telescope.

Principal Investigator:

Mark E. Tellam
Principal Investigator
4076171156
mtellam@ceramicore.com

Business Contact:

Mark E. Tellam
Director / COO
4076171156
mtellam@ceramicore.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

United Materials and Systems
13750 Old Dock Road Orlando, FL 32828-9506

EIN/Tax ID: 202816882
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No